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.c. they would surpass the greeks in political power, in military might, in technological innovation, but the romans would be forever in greece's debt in the fields of philosophy, science, literature, and the arts. as the roman poet said, "captive greece made rome captive." the visual language devised by the greeks would be adopted by the romans and subsequently, by the entire western tradition. indeed, it would become the pre-eminent means of portraying order, rationality, harmony, and power, whether in dictatorships, despotisms, or democracies. ironically, though, the lesson which the greeks understood and which their artists expressed in these works and in the parthenon sculptures-- namely that the disruptive and frightening forces of the irrational will always threaten to burst out in human history-- that lesson would have to be learned again and again. rome began here, a cluster of little villages strung over these hills above the marshy valley of the river tiber. founded, according to legend, in the eighth century b.c., at its heyday in the second century a.d., it ruled an empi
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